TVS motor company unveiled the Akula 310 concept at the Auto Expo 2016. A thoroughbred track machine that celebrates 33 years of TVS as a factory team, the Akula 310 gained much publicity at show. Buoyed by the response, TVS started working on the production spec of the motorcycle soon. Emerging reports indicate that the motorcycle is nearing to the launch that can be expected by March 2017.
The Akula 310 will be the second product from the TVS-BMW Motorrad alliance for manufacturing a sub-500cc motorcycle from 2013. The first model is the BMW G 310 R and the Akula 310 will be based on the former. TVS Motor's CFO Chief Financial Officer S G Murali said, "We will launch the first product (from the tie-up) by February or March" reports Business Standard.
TVS has already started producing BMW motorcycles at its Hosur facility. Production of the Akula 310 is also expected from the Hosur plant.
The Akula 310 has been developed with the technical knowhow of the BMW Motorrard and taking inputs from the TVS factory race riders. The Akula 310 will be powered by a 310cc engine capable of producing 34bhp of power and mated to a six-speed gearbox. This is the same engine that also powers BMW G 310 R.
TVS claims the bike would sport a high performance engine breathing through a forced air fed air box that gives the engine a high rev peak capability. The concept showcased featured USD forks, stiff space frame chassis as well as lightweight carbon fibre bodywork. Other features include a digital speedometer, on board gyro cameras and a steering damper for additional stability. These are expected to continue in the production-spec as well.
The Akula name refers to shark in Russian. Production-spec has also rumoured with the names Raptor and Apache 300.